Husband's social media tributes to his late 34-year-old wife are heartbreaking
A widower's loving words about his late wife are going viral after the New York Times published one of his letters. Written by Peter DeMarco, it was dedicated to the staff at CHA Cambridge Hospital in Boston, who helped care for 34-year-old Laura before she passed.
The heartwarming letter begins with him listing off the hospital staff who "cared for her": Doctors, cleaning staff, nurses and so on.
He says their work extended far beyond their duties, that they were more than kind and loving:
Every single one of you treated Laura with such professionalism, and kindness, and dignity as she lay unconscious. When she needed shots, you apologized that it was going to hurt a little, whether or not she could hear. When you listened to her heart and lungs through your stethoscopes, and her gown began to slip, you pulled it up to respectfully cover her. You spread a blanket, not only when her body temperature needed regulating, but also when the room was just a little cold, and you thought she'd sleep more comfortably that way.
His poignant words not refer not only to the love they offered Laura, but the love they offered him as well. "Then, there was how you treated me. How would I have found the strength to have made it through that week without you?," he said. In his wife's final hours, Peter stayed with Laura, holding her hand and snuggled up against her.
You can read the emotional letter on Peter's Facebook.
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